Catalog: Details List 108-17
[MD, PA, VA, WV] Melish, Map of the National Road Between Cumberland and Wheeling. Phil., circa 1815. 5¾ x 11. BW. Waterstain at one fold; fold breaks repaired, Good+. Sold
Built between 1811 and 1834, the National Road was one of the first great undertakings of the Federal government, and the numerous commercial enterprises noted in the region – forges, mills, a glass works – attest to its importance in opening the American interior. The road was constructed in sections, eventually reaching Vandalia, Illinois – then the state capitol. Superceded by canals and railroads, it evolved into U.S. Route 40 and became a primary road in the age of the automobile.
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